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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 193, June 17, 1857

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Identifier: DX03770674

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 193, June 17, 1857

Description: Regarding an argument with one of the publishers of his book, Dan Mason, over the cover and the title of Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses.

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upon Dan [Mason], who has always appeared brusque and sulky to me, came out with "If you use "Physiology" you’ll kill the book dead as a nail! — I wouldn't give a cent for my share in it!" with much more, as rudely expressed as might be. Whereon I thought it time to assert myself and did so successfully. "Well!" he went on "I've no interest in it! wait and see Lowell [Mason]." I suggested that as the book had been accepted, and published by the firm at the expense of some hundreds of dollars, I should have supposed that he had some interest in it. At all events I confessed I had, and considerable. I hoped I understood the respect that was due from author to publisher, but I was also perfectly alive to the amount of labor I had put into the book and chose to hold to my opinion and assert my own rights. This brought him down a little. "Wait and see Lowell!" I didn't choose to wait, preferring to call in on my return up town, when we had a civil discussion of the matter, and on a second visit — for I wanted to take [Frank] Bellew's council, and went again to the Pic Office (seeing him and [Mortimer] Thompson) — the matter was amicably settled, by the adoption of the simple title "N. Y. Boarding Houses" in plain Queen Annish type. Infinitely better than pictorial printerisms. / Went into [Matthew] Brady’s on going down town on seeing an announcement that he had got a photograph of [William] Walker the Nicaraguan "man of destiny." Walked to the end of Brady's big "gallery" where I saw

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1857-06-17

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Authors
Diaries
Publishers and publishing

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